The Only Wise God

This morning I hosted another Rocky Mountain Energy webinar. This was the fourth in our series and we hope to do another the end of June. This afternoon I drove myself to my outpatient physical therapy appointment. This was a first and I managed to get the wheelchair out of the trunk without too much difficulty. At the end of my occupational therapy session the therapist came outside to watch me maneuver the chair back into the trunk. He provided some advice and will structure some exercises in future sessions to strengthen my muscles that are needed for that task.

While at Rocky Mountain Rehab Hospital I recognized Corissa Reiner (one of the PTA’s)  for her participation in the Colfax Charity 5K. She was part of the runners who supported Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains and placed third among the women who ran in the race for Teen Challenge. (picture above Corissa and myself)

When I returned home, Pastor Steve Harris came by to see me. I was able to give him an update on my status. Since I was in the hospital last week, the therapists were required to do another assessment. I actually showed some significant improvement from their first assessment four weeks ago. That was good news and provides a lot of optimism for the future.

The next hurdle took place when I drove Steve and myself to Starbucks. Steve didn’t even wear his crash helmet which gave me more confidence. When we  arrived, I was able to make it from the car to the store using my walker. It was slow but I made it and by the time I got through the door I was ready to sit down.

My strength is beginning to provide me with more confidence and independence. That in itself is an adjustment that will take some time to get used to. However, the progress that I am making is more in line with my personal goals to be more active if not walking on my own by the end of July.

Pray that I will not be derailed by any infections and that the therapy process and my own discipline in home exercise will be what it needs to be to meet these goals.

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…. “This is a statement that can be trusted and deserves complete acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…Worship and glory belong forever to the eternal king, the immortal, invisible, and only God. Amen.”    1 Timothy 1:15,17 (GW)

We are use to doxologies and expressions of praise in the Psalms, but we find several from the writings of the Apostle Paul. The context of these verses finds Paul expressing how he was the worst of sinners and how Christ’s grace and mercy was extended to him was an example of the patience of God for those who would believe.

As a natural outgrowth of Paul’s reflections on the kindness of God he bursts forth as it were into an anthem of praise the the Lord. Christ alone is worthy of worship as the only wise, eternal and immortal God. The Lord is worthy of our worship simply for who He is. However, when we experience in a personal way His mercy and grace and understand the difference it has made in our life, then worship comes from a heart of gratitude and relationship.

Above all else that is the kind of worship God desires. Worship that reflects not just a mind of understanding, but a heart of devotion. That is what we see in the Old Testament; God’s promises to “give a new heart and a new spirit” to His people. What does this worship look like? It is simply our hearts directed toward the Lord in words of thankfulness for what He has done, and who He is.

If you need a starting place write down your thoughts and words and then read them to the Lord. The words of Paul give a good place to start.